Light puts Echuca rivals to the Sword

Dec 17, 2015

Sword Of Light did a lot of things wrong but she got the result right with a dynamic debut win at Echuca.

The New Approach filly faced a tough ask when having her first start on a day on which temperatures nudged 40 degrees but Sword Of Light showed her promise with a 5-¼ length win.

Sword Of Light had to undergo a vet’s exam before the NJT T20 Cricket 11/1 Maiden Plate (1000m) but she was passed fit to run to the relief of her trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra.

Jockey Damian Lane had the luxury of barrier one for Sword Of Light, which enabled him to give the inexperienced filly a sit behind the leaders with a good sight of the running rail in the early and middle stages.

However, Sword Of Light made Lane earn his riding fee when she continually over-raced behind horses before he was able to get her into the clear early in the straight.

Sword Of Light was green in the last 200m but she raced away from her opposition to score an easy win.

“That was an exciting win considering she had to run in the heat and had a few things going on before the race,” Zahra said.

“She got keen in behind them but she really showed her ability when she got out in the straight.

“She did a few things wrong but she won by a good margin so you can’t ask for more than that on debut.

“She’ll be much better for the run there because you educate them as much as you can at the stable but only racing gives them real experience.”

Sword Of Light is out of Joyeuse, who was a multiple city winner for the stable that was stakes-placed in Sydney.

Congratulations to great stable supporter David Moodie, who also bred both Joyeuse and Sword Of Light, on yet another win in partnership with Ellerton Zahra Racing along with Hesket Bloodstock partner Ash Hardwick.